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November 10, 2015

Use of Museum for Property Summit Raises Ire in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Museum says it will take steps to address protests over its decision to rent out the museum for a real-estate conference that critics said would promote gentrification in the borough, The New York Times writes.

The Brooklyn Real Estate Summit will draw hundreds of "top retail, condo, multifamily and office players in the Brooklyn market," according to the website for the November 17 event. Local artists and community organizers have circulated open letters and online petitions arguing that a major cultural institution should not encourage practices they say promote property speculation, displace residents, and undermine neighborhood stability.

In a Tumblr post Sunday, museum director Anne Pasternak acknowledged the criticism and said the institution would examine its policies for renting space to outside organizations. Ms. Pasternak also offered to hold a separate meeting at the museum on affordable housing and workspaces and said she had suggested that the company holding the property summit invite critics to speak at the conference.